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Psychoanalytic Theory Seminars

Module titlePsychoanalytic Theory Seminars
Module codePYCM060
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Jo-anne Carlyle (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

You will engage in 12 seminars, of one and a quarter hours’ duration, per term (these take place in block week and in the Learning Sets). You will prepare for these by reading relevant literature beforehand and are expected to participate in discussion of the material key to psychoanalytic theory.

This module takes place in stage 1.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop and update your knowledge of different perspectives within the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic literature, including both historical material and contemporary perspectives. You will develop a critical and reflective approach to psychoanalytic research and practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe multiple and diverging approaches within the field of psychoanalytic thought, including a very detailed and in-depth knowledge of two chosen areas in particular
  • 2. Discuss the historical antecedents of contemporary models of thought
  • 3. Demonstrate knowledge of the contemporary issues and debates in the field of psychoanalysis

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Analyse and critically evaluate complex conceptual material, including the impact of contemporary culture on the formation of schools of thought and attitudes towards clinical practice

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Select and organise material to produce a coherent written argument
  • 6. Research and gain particular expertise in one area of a broad-ranging field
  • 7. Trace the theoretical origins of your own, contemporary clinical practice in a self-reflective manner

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

This section of the module focuses on the common factors in psychological therapy that are often seen as the core skills set for any psychological therapist.

  • Therapeutic relationship/ working alliance
  • Self as supervisor
  • Diagnosis and/or formulation
  • Client presentation and therapy model

Areas covered across this module and PYCM062 will be drawn from the following areas: models of the mind; Object relations theory; unconscious phantasy; transference and counter-transference; early internal world including development and neuroscience; attachment; development of the self; sexualities; subjectivity and the interpersonal; short term and manualised therapies; diversities and intersectionality; assessment; psychic defences; termination.

Self-directed reading and regular presentations to group in workshop format.

You are expected to research one particular aspect of the module material in depth. You should demonstrate an understanding of the historical antecedents of your chosen area, a capacity to analyse and critically evaluate the conceptual structures, and to debate the implications for clinical practice, including your own practice.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching45Seminars/discussions within the whole group
Guided Independent Study105Reading and preparation for assignments


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar participationOngoing throughout moduleAllOral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay (this assessment must be passed; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)1002250 wordsAllWritten


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssayAllFour weeks from the date that feedback was provided

Re-assessment notes

One assessment is required for this module. In all cases re-assessment will be the same as the original assessment. Where you have been referred/deferred for any form of assessment detailed above you will have the opportunity to retake within four weeks from the date that feedback was provided.

If you pass a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral, your re-assessment will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment and the overall module mark will not be capped.

If you pass a re-assessment taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the assessment), the overall module mark will be capped at 50%.

If you fail a re-assessment taken as a result of referral (i.e. following initial failure in the assessment), you will be failed in the module and as a consequence you will be failed in the programme and your registration as a student of the University will be terminated.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Balint, M. (1968) The Basic Fault. London Tavistock.
  • Bowlby, J. (1969) Attachment. London: Routledge.
  • Freud, S. (1900) Interpretation of Dreams. Standard Edition 4, 745-783.
  • Freud, S. (1917) Mourning and Melancholia. Standard Edition 14, 243-272.
  • Freud, S. (1914) On Narcissism: An Introduction. Standard Edition 14, 67-102.
  • Freud, S. (1923) The Ego and the Id. Standard Edition 19, 1-66.
  • Fromm-Reichmann, F. (1950) Principles of Intensive Psychotherapy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Klein, M. (1964) Contributions to Psychoanalysis 1921-1945. New York: McGraw Hill.
  • Klein, M. (1975) Envy and gratitude and other works 1946-1963. New York: Delacotte Press.
  • Ogden, T. (1994) Subjects of Analysis. London: Jason Aronson.
  • Racker, H (1968) Transference and Counter-transference. Madison: International Universities Press.
  • Searles, H. (1979) Countertransference and Related Subjects. Madison: International Universities Press.
  • Winnicott, D. W. (1958) Through Paediatrics to Psychoanalysis. London: Hogarth Press.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE – (all resources will be made available on ELE. This includes additional material covered in the tutorials, the required readings, information about assessment and additional material (e.g., videos))

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, psychotherapy, therapy, clinical analysis

Credit value15
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